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February 5, 2016 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The first group of Syrian refugees to be accepted by Britain, are driven out of Glasgow airport, in Scotland, November 17, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne - RTS7LIK

The claim

“Four thousand a year here? I always say to people, if it was 25,000 a year, that would be 40 people per parliamentary constituency.”
David Miliband, 03 February 2016

The background

Has Britain promised to take enough refugees from Syria’s civil war?

The current proposal is to take 20,000 of the most vulnerable displaced Syrians by 2020 – that’s 4,000 people a year.

Former foreign secretary David Miliband is calling for Britain to at least match Canada’s pledge to house 25,000.

Mr Miliband, now president of the International Rescue Committee, told Channel 4 News that if you spread 25,000 out evenly across the UK, it would amount to just a few dozen people in every parliamentary constituency.

But as many people have commented, Britain’s asylum seeker population is not distributed evenly. (more…)

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February 3, 2016 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Women and children now outnumber men among people trying to get into Europe, according to a charity. Fact or fiction?

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February 2, 2016 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Prime Minister says he has persuaded Brussels to give Britain a blueprint for “substantial change”. Reality or rhetoric?

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Black graduates earn a quarter less than their white peers, new figures suggest. Rampant racism – or something more complex?

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January 25, 2016 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Make mine a Double Irish… multinationals like Google have been accused of aggressive tax planning. Has Britain’s HMRC really put a stop to it?

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January 21, 2016 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

On 1 November 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, an former officer with Russia’s FSB intelligence agency now living in London, collapsed after drinking tea with an ex-colleague, Andrei Lugovoi.

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January 18, 2016 8 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Muslim women could be deported if they fail a new English test – or so the headline-writers would have us believe. What are the facts?

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January 6, 2016 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

North Korea’s leaders say the communist country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. Should we believe them? Should we panic?

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December 30, 2015 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

The attacks in France dominated the headlines, while the media were accused of ignoring other victims of the so-called Islamic State’s global campaign of terror.

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December 8, 2015 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Donald Trump may be the most FactChecked presidential candidate in US history. These are his five biggest howlers.

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